Reading is an essential life skill, but it’s sometimes hard to convince your pre-teen to pick up a book. Instead of talking ‘til your blue-in-the-face, let these titles do the convincing for you. They're sure to become fast favorites of young adult readers at NAS JRB Fort Worth Homes.
Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wreded
These tales are an irreverent, but loving, deconstruction of the classic fairy tales we all grew up enjoying. The books are replete with dragons, princesses, witches, wicked stepmothers, and all the other ghoulish creatures and characters you’re bound to find in any traditional fairy tale. Relying on the tried-and-true fairy tales of yore, these books are sure to delight your young reader.
The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams
This title tells the story of a lonely body named Dennis who was brought-up in an ultra macho household. Despite his masculine up-bringing, Dennis soon finds he enjoys wearing women’s clothing as much as he loves playing football. The potentially taboo subject of gender roles is handled tactfully, with both care and humor in this delightful novel that your child will adore.
The Children of the New Forest by Captain Frederick Marryat
This vintage tale, similar to the likes of The Secret Garden and Little Women, has undeservedly fallen into obscurity over the years. They story is about four orphaned children who are hidden for their own safety by an old forrester. In order to preserve their cover, they pretend to be his grandchildren. Feeling out of place and missing their aristocratic upbringing, the children learn to adapt to their new life in a simple cottage in the New Forest.
Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata
This piece of historical fiction shares the story of a young Japanese girl who is living in the days of Pearl Harbor. As she watches her world transform around her, you truly sympathize with her plight and come to understand her. The characters all seem real and are fully developed to paint an accurate picture of this trying time, and despite the era in which it is set, it is refreshingly and startlingly poignant.